Environmental books

A short book post on climate change and the environment in the summer heath.

I have an interest in the environment and enjoy reading research on the subject. When it comes to environmental research, it moves so quickly that even if you read a book that was published five years ago, it can feel old and dated. It must be difficult to keep abreast on this in the publishing world and for its authors.
One of the authors I keep coming back to is Elizabeth Kolbert. I like how she writes for laypeople (me!) but doesn’t dumb it down so you still learn something. There are a few of her books that now are outdated in terms of research but still worth reading for their core research.
Another book that comes to mind is Six Degrees by Mark Lynas. I read it several years ago but its content is still something I think about. The premises is what we can expect of the world with each degree of warming. Again probably a bit outdated now, especially with the latest warnings from scientist of rapid warming around the poles that often wasn’t taken into consideration in earlier predictions.

What interesting books have you’ve read about climate change and life on our planet?

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How I get through my edits

Even though I am enjoying the edits I’m focusing on this year, there are still days when I rather work on something new and shiny than going back to something I have seen so many times before.
I solve this by giving myself small rewards every week, if I am on top of my edits, I will allow myself to write a quick short story or other musing. It doesn’t have to be good, it might not ever see the light of day again, but it does get my creative juices flowing, which will help me when I return to my edit schedule.
What is your best tips for inspiration to do those tasks that might not be your favourite thing to do but you know needs to get done?

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June LAST

This year I have skipped from FIRSTS to LAST. My goal is to make a top ten list of something that happened to me during the month. The lists will be as topical as I chose, it might associate with something I have done, read or experienced during the month, or it might depend on you! Because if you have any suggestions for potential future lists please leave a comment below and I’ll try my best to accommodate you.
As you might remember my sister was visiting a few weeks ago, so this list is dedicated to her visit.
1. Fun
2. New adventures
3. Doing touristy stuff
4. Good food
5. Good beer
6. Self care
7. Holiday
8. Believing in sunshine
9. Bonding
10. Good feelings

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Aspirations – Mid year catch up

We are almost half way through the year already and it is time to look back at my aspirations for the year. To see how far I have come, how far I have to go and if I need to make any changes. I always look forward to these sessions, when I take stock of what is going on in my life and where to go forwards. Partly because it keeps me on the right track and partly because I love planning. I like ticking in boxes and make predictions more than I like to do the actual tasks.
As explained not long ago I have decided to totally re-write my NaNoWriMo from last year. I have started the project and it is almost like writing a whole new story, but I am enjoying in seeing a broken story getting a new life. At the moment it looks like I will be able to finish the synopsis and enough research to have another go at it at NaNoWriMo this year.
My three manuscripts that needs edit, one I have already finished and it’s resting at the moment. I am not sure I can do very much more with it, and it is more a novella than a novel. I’ll see how that goes. The other two I am keeping on track with my plan, one will be finished by the end of summer and the last before November. After that, I need to make another plan and decide which to focus on for the next stage.
Personally, I have tried to take more time to read more novels and I am on track (sometimes ahead) on my GoodReads goal which always makes me happy. This, despite my new obsession with true crime podcasts.
In my day-job as a coach, lots of things are up in the air, compared to in January when I first put down these aspirations. I am still trying to grow my business but not in the way I intended in the beginning of the year.
Last on the list is my training, which is going well. I ran a half marathon in May and a 10K the other week and have another three 10Ks over the summer months before, in between running I try to sprinkle some long walks and every now and then a short yoga programme for runners.
So that’s it. A recap of my aspirations, I realise that this post is probably more beneficial to myself than to my readers, but I hope you can get something out of it anyway. Do you have a middle of the year throw back to your New Year’s resolutions?

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Visits

This week I’m going to be short, I am spending some time with my sister visiting from Sweden. She recently finished her Master’s Degree so has come to celebrate with me, because I couldn’t attend her graduation ceremony.
There will be lots of food, new restaurants to try and places to visit. It’s great about London that even though she has visit several times we never run out of places to see and new food to try.
I love this city.

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London view from the southbank

 

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Plastic Struggle

I am struggling to reach my environmental goal this year. I had set the goal to reduce my use of single use plastics. However, it is not as easy as I thought. I started to monitor my use of single use plastics and at first it was interesting and I was motivated. It went quite well. After about three months, I realised that I wasn’t actually making any changes in my habits to reduce my use.
When I have done similar experiments with plastic bags, coffee cups and plastic bottles, I saw an immediate reduction due to the mental reminder of not wanting to add another line to my environmental spread in my Bullet Journal. I noticed however that it did not have the same effect with single use plastics. I needed something new to excite me about reducing the single plastic use. I’m hoping that a new type of spread will push me on to further reductions.

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Bullet Journal – single use plastic spread

 

I have noticed the difficulty of reduction at the grocery store, as there are very few options to single use plastics where I live. Instead I need to re-think my consumption lifestyle to reach my goal and simply not rely on finding alternatives.
How do you solve this problem where you live?

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An interesting notice in a National Geographics Magazine from last year (June 2018). We were using 1.71 earths in 2017.

 

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May LAST

This year I have skipped from FIRSTS to LASTS. My goal is to make a top ten list of something that happened to me during the month. The lists will be as topical as I chose, it might associate with something I have done, read or experienced during the month, or it might depend on you! Because if you have any suggestions for potential future lists please leave a comment below and I’ll try my best to accommodate you.

May is start of my racing season (which sounds grander than it is, I am really just doing a few fun runs over the summer period). I have been back in Sweden to run Göteborgsvarvet, a half marathon in Gothenburg, Sweden and have signed up for a few 10Ks over the summer months.
In highlight of this, I give you my ten benefits of entering a race. Enjoy!

1. Running is my meditation
2. A goal to train for
3. Healthy body
4. Healthy mind
5. Camaraderie among other runners
6. Pushing my limits
7. Midnight junk food run
8. Family time
9. Inspiration for my nieces and nephew
10. Finisher medals!

5. Maj

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Rewrite, rewrite, rewrite

I have decided to take my NaNoWriMo novel from last year and re-write the whole thing from scratch. I wasn’t happy during November when I wrote it, nor at the end of the month when I crept over the finish line.
As I slowly started to edit bits this year, I realised I could never make it better by a simple edit. The structure is too off. So I need to re-write the whole thing. Start over from the beginning. A new outline, a new character description.
I have used the snowflake method to write my lasts three novels for NaNoWriMo and knew from the start that the storyline wasn’t great, I just didn’t want to own up to how bad it was. Of course there are bits that I do like, scenes, paragraphs, sentences. I will keep those, and the spirit of the book, but I need a clean slate to get anywhere with it. I have continued researching the era and will dig even more during my summer holidays. Once I get my head around the new storyline I think I will be happier in general with the story and get start writing again. Perhaps as a rebel for next November’s NaNoWriMo.

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Book Review – Tuesdays with Morrie

Mitch Albom is one of my favourite authors, I have read most of his books and enjoy his writing. Despite this, it took me many years to get around to reading Tuesdays with Morrie. It was one of those books that for awhile was everywhere and there is nothing I find more off putting in a book than everyone talking about and praising it, so I waited. I picked up other books by him, enjoyed them immensely, followed him on Twitter and finally one day at the library, prominent displayed on the NEW BOOKS shelf was the 20th anniversary edition. New, shiny and unread by anyone. I had to read it.
I was not disappointed. I enjoyed immensely how the story is set up, jumping between the past and present, weaving its way between the two men’s story. The failing body of Morrie and the insight of Mitch himself to what his life once was and what it has become.

If you haven’t picked up this short book yet, I truly recommend that you do, it was a great pleasure and a clear five star.

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A-Z End

This post is part of the A-Z challenge, a blog challenge where you post everyday through April and visiting other blogs too. You don’t need to read my posts in any specific order, jump in when and where you want and learn some Swedish on the way.

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I have used a lot of Swedish this past month when completing the A-Z challenge. I always feel when I have spoken and written too much in Swedish, my thoughts and dreams change. Either they turn all Swedish or there are bits that are in Swedish and bits that are in English. In general I will only think or dream in Swedish in a Swedish context. The worst of all are dreams where people who are not Swedish suddenly speak in Swedish. Somewhere the wires cross and frazzle in my brain.
Anyway, now I will spend some time going back to my usual writing and publishing schedule and will go back to thinking and writing mostly in English.
I have already started to sketch out what I want to do next year for the A-Z challenge. A bit of brainstorming and researching before making any decisions.

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